Luxury resort Cape Weligama, on Sri Lanka’s unexplored southern coast, is a swoon-worthy honeymoon gem. Laid out village-style across an Indian Ocean headland, each butler-attended contemporary villa – designed by architect Lek Bunnag – sits within a flower-scented watta (garden), just steps from a cooling pool. The crescent-shaped, cliff-edge infinity pool promises dramatic panoramas over the green-and-turquoise ocean.
Whether you’re seeking a more traditional honeymoon destination such as the Maldives or Greece, or you’re after somewhere a little more off the beaten path, like India, Sri Lanka or Fiji, Mr & Mrs Smith are the go-to travel experts with insight into the world’s ultimate honeymoon hotels. Here they’ve curated five of the best…
CAPE WELIGAMA, Weligama Sri Lanka
Smith extra - A romantic candlelit bath with Ceylon Sea Salts, infused with vetiver, lemongrass and ginger; and your choice of chilled drinks
SIX SENSES LAAMU, Maldives
Some argue that there’s no better way to spend your honeymoon than soaking up the sun in an over-water villa in the Maldives. At Six Senses Laamu, you can spy on darting fish from your glass-bottomed bath tub, watch movies at the jungle cinema and while away weeks by getting stuck into watersports or island expeditions such as sunset dhoni cruises, private picnics and sand-dune dining. This is a veritable paradise for newlyweds.
Smith extra - A 30-minute foot massage or body scrub for two
AENAON VILLAS, Santorini, Greece
Experience the enchanting atmosphere and warm hospitality at Aenaon Villas, the Greek island hideaway that reaches for perfection with its seven luxurious villas built with the utmost respect to traditional Cycladic architecture. Inside, contemporary interiors are coupled with pops of Aegean blue, courtesy of windows with views onto the sea and the island’s mysterious volcano caldera. Aenaon Villas guarantees a relaxed atmosphere and intimate privacy.
Smith Extra - A bottle of Santorini wine
AMANBAGH, Rajasthan, India
With a name that means 'peaceful garden', Amanbagh is a whisper-quiet retreat on the outskirts of Jaipur. Rose-tinted walls, domed cupolas and shaded courtyards echo the majesty of the Mughal era, offering a present-day palace stay that'll make you both feel like royalty. Don’t forget to take a tour of the property – the 17th-century-built hilltop fort and temple are connected by an underground passage. A honeymoon highlight, though, will be a soak in the enormous bathtubs, which take almost half-an-hour to fill and are carved from a single slab of Udaipur green marble.
Smith Extra - A special blessing ceremony for two
LIKULIKU LAGOON RESORT, Fiji Islands
Romantic, adults-only Likuliku Lagoon Resort seduces with the country's only over-water bungalows, spacious beachfront bures and sea views. The bures, cute thatched huts on stilts over impossibly turquoise water, are a big draw for honeymooners, with a glass floor-panel for subaqua gazing, direct ladder access to the lagoon, and oh-my ocean views from the bed. Smart dining, stylish design and a serene spa up the luxe factor, giving you a stunning option in this under-the-radar destination.
Smith extra - A FJ$100 spa credit
With Mr & Mrs Smith you’ll enjoy the best-price guarantee, as well as a little something extra on arrival at every hotel. To book, call toll free at 800 905 326 or visit mrandmrssmith.com.